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Cockles and muscles, alive alive-oh!

THE unique charm of an untouched region - with large beautiful beaches - the Cotentin on the Cherbourg Peninsula is a paradise for nature lovers.

It's also famous for its shellfish. The Htel des Isles puts on special holidays during high spring tides so guests can gather up the cockles and mussels from the beach at Barneville-Carteret (pictured).

A perfect destination for couples or all the family... and what could be more fun than rummaging on the foreshore for your lunch!

Guests can borrow from the hotel all the equipment they need for cockling, such as buckets, hooks and nets. The only things you have to bring are your rubber boots and a good set of waterproofs.

Rummaging along the shore at low tide for shellfish and crabs is a convivial and addictive pastime for all ages. And kids love it.

Situated next to the beach, the hotel is just three and a half hours' drive from Paris.

The next high spring tides are April 28 to 29.

For more informations or bookings call 00 33 (0)2 33 04 90 76 or visit
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 31, 2010
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